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Perched high above the Palisades and Malibu, the vista from the Parker Mesa Overlook is stunning. You can see all of the LA basin laid out before you, the San Gabriel Mountains to the north, Catalina Island to the south, and the crescent shaped coastline of Santa Monica to the east. This isn't your usual Parker Mesa Hike! Our ridge route starts near the Los Liones Canyon trailhead and makes a bee-line up a ridge to the Overlook with a 1400 ft gain in a mere 1.5 miles. Some parts are steep and loose. You've been warned! At the top, on the Parker Mesa Overlook, there are a couple of benches where we can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Los Angeles coastline and a snack. We will return via the hilly side trails of E Topanga Fireroad, and the beautiful Los Liones Canyon The Los Liones Trail weaves through a lush canyon just a mile from the Pacific Ocean. Slivers of big blue sea can be seen from much of the ivy and chaparral-lined canyon ***The No Fireroad rule will be in effect!*** This strenuous hike is a relatively short 5-mile loop, but packs a wallop with about 2100 feet of total ascent, and will bring you home much earlier than an equivalently challenging longer hike. Directions From Santa Monica or Malibu: Take the Pacific Coast Highway and turn on Sunset Boulevard. Go 0.3 miles on Sunset, take a left on Los Liones and drive half a mile to the end of the street. Park on the right side of the street in the lot across from the church. There is plenty of free street parking, as well as two lots near picnic areas and restrooms.
The Woolsey Fire has burned almost 90% of the parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and the Park Service has surveyed the damage to Western Town in Paramount Ranch — the only unit of the National Park Service dedicated to telling the story of America’s film industry. Paramount Ranch served as the starting point our popular "From Colorado to Korea" hike on the former set of Dr Quinn Medicine Woman. Paramount Ranch has been an active filming area since 1927, with more than 300 films, commercials, television shows, and web videos shot in the park. Even during shoots, the public was allowed to access the park and potentially get a chance to see Hollywood at work. The Damage to Western Town Western Town is – for all intents and purposes – gone. The vast majority of the structures built as sets, including two from the original Paramount Ranch built in the 20s and a building used as a residence by an on-site ranger were burned to the ground. Two buildings that survived the fire were the train station built for “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and a church built for “Westworld.” Rebuilding Western Town If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity in the Santa Monica Mountains once these agencies are ready for your help, please fill out this Jotform -- https://form.jotform.com/83166857030155 -- and tell them you are with Hiking With Dean hiking group. Once the region is safe for volunteers, the NPS get in touch with you. They will also keep you informed about volunteer opportunities as they arise, but not until after Jan 7. Follow NPS instructions in email. Let's get out there to give our Santa Monica Mountains a little TLC as they heal!
Event details at https://www.hikingwithdean.com/event/gps-class/ I get a lot of questions on the trail from GPS owners about GPS usage, but its difficult to give tutorials without stopping the entire group. I think some free classes would be a good thing. There may be an indoor part also. If you don't have a gps and just want to check them out in action before purchasing that's ok too. If you are looking to purchase a gps these are my expert recommendations: Garmin Etrex Touch 35 - https://amzn.to/2NftMgV Garmin Oregon 700 - https://amzn.to/2Qu7tWQ Garmin Montana 610 - https://amzn.to/2QpfKez There is more to these devices than orienteering and I don't think the orienteering outings I have seen are adequate. Feel free to post questions or comments in the comment section Due to high interest and class size the class/hike will be limited to VIP Club members only. If you see yourself being removed from event, that is the reason. See http://www.hikingwithdean.com for details